IDF chief tells soldiers in Gaza: There is no area in Lebanon you cannot dismantle

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent

IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Herzi Halevi (left) speaks to commanders in the central Gaza Strip, January 10, 2024. (Israel Defense Forces)
IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Herzi Halevi (left) speaks to commanders in the central Gaza Strip, January 10, 2024. (Israel Defense Forces)

IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Herzi Halevi, speaking to troops in the Gaza Strip, says their actions prove the military can fight Hezbollah in Lebanon if need be.

“I see the capabilities here, I know very well that [you] know how to deal with any problem in Gaza, there is not a square kilometer in Gaza that you do not know how to enter and dismantle,” says Halevi during an assessment with commanders in central Gaza.

“After what you have done, there is no village in Lebanon, there are no fortified areas in Lebanon that you cannot enter and dismantle. We will put you in the necessary places, you will do what is necessary there,” he says.

Commenting on Monday’s deadly accidental blast in the area, which led to the deaths of six combat engineers, Halevi says the IDF must learn from its mistakes.

“We are doing things here that we have never done before. As soon as something bad happens, and something very bad happened to us here, we lost quite a few people and had people injured. The only thing left for us as commanders is to learn, to learn, to learn,” he says.

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